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Dechert LLP
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AUSTIN, TX 78701
United States
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Intellectual Property


Jeffrey B. Plies, chair of Dechert’s Intellectual Property group, represents technology and medical device companies in patent litigation. As a former engineer for the U.S. Air Force Electronics Systems Center, the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the MITRE Corporation, Mr. Plies’ diverse technical expertise includes direct working experience with technologies such as global positioning system, radar, and satellite communications, UHF/VHF/HF communications, missile guidance, aircraft avionics (e.g., FMS, INS, ILS, EFIS, TCAS, and IFF), heavy armor systems, rapid solidification, and aerospace alloy development.

Mr. Plies represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation throughout the United States. Recently, he has represented clients in patent disputes involving medical devices (artificial heart valves, annuloplasty rings, and drug eluting coronary stents), video compression (MPEG), error correction algorithms for data storage devices, telephony modems, computer graphics, speech compression, computer I/O busses, IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, processing and scaling of TV video signals, flexible manufacturing/assembly systems, and Display Data Channel Command Interfaces (DDC/CI) for computer monitors.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1991
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), M.S., Materials Science, 1993
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000, Order of the Coif

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

Dechert LLP packs a punch in the life sciences sector. Headed by Andrea Reid in Boston and Jeffrey Plies in Austin, the practice focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients, ranging from start-ups all the way to listed multinationals. The team comes highly recommended, with its clear sector focus and its well-rounded practice that also includes high-stakes and complex licensing work as well as disputes brought before the USPTO. It is integrated into the firm’s international life sciences and patent group and is, therefore, well versed in matters with multi-jurisdictional aspects. Pharmaceutical expert and patent attorney Carl Morales is based in the New York office.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Dechert LLP offers Hatch-Waxman and life sciences litigators whose reputation and track record continues to attract some of the market’s most renowned companies as clients. In addition to its strong US practice, including PTAB proceedings and ITC investigations, the group also assists with litigation conducted abroad, especially in Europe and Japan, providing strategic advice in the context of multi-jurisdictional disputes. The group is well versed in developing and implementing global patent enforcement campaigns. The complementary US appellate and licensing expertise are other assets. Philadelphia-based Martin Black and Austin-based Jeffrey Plies head the team. New York, Silicon Valley, Princeton are other key locations.